Former St. Louis Rams center leaves football to start his own farm. In 2009, Jason Brown was one of the highest paid centers in the league when he signed a $37.5 million dollar contract. When he was released from the Rams in 2012, he decided to take a break from football to pursue his dream of farming.
Brown could have signed with numerous teams after he was let go of his position with the Rams. Instead, he bought 1,000 acres of farmland in Louisburg, NC to start his farm. His plan is to grow crops and donate the food to those in need. His farm is called the First Fruits Farm.
Brown told CBS News, “When I think about a life of greatness, I think about a life of service.” He feels more successful giving his life to farming than he did playing in the NFL. He was told by many, including his agent, that was making the biggest mistake of his life but he always knew this is what he was destined to do.
Before 2012, Brown knew almost nothing about farming. He watched lots of tutorial videos on YouTube and spoke with plenty of other farmers. He worked hard to learn as much as he could about farming once he was released from the Rams. Brown also did some research to decide who to give his food to.
The lucky organization to benefit from Brown’s farm was the Society of St. Andrew. The Society of St. Andrew is a nondenominational organization that helps to feed those in need. They help to collect and glean produce from farmers’ fields and deliver the food to those in need.
Rebecca Page, who works with the society said, “One day, out of the blue, I get this call, and the man on the line says, ‘Come and get these cucumbers,’” as reported by The Boston Globe “Are you telling me this because you want Society of St. Andrew to harvest them? And he said, ‘Yes ma’am.’”
When the organization came to harvest the farm, they found 170,000 pounds of cucumbers. The society was thrilled to have that much food donated to their organization. Brown has stated, he wants to make an even larger donation of food next year.
Brown is a devout Christian who believes giving his life to farming and helping others is what he was called to do. He has stated that it was his “covenant with God” to quit football and raise food for the needy. Brown has not waivered with his decision to give up with football for farming since he began.
If a man making millions can leave his well-paying job to become a farmer and help those in need, can’t we all do something for the greater good? In the spirit of giving, do some research on local food programs in your area or buy from companies who do their part to give back.
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